Renata Peters
  • m.peters@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 5583
  • Internal: 25583
  • Room 107
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Renata Peters

Research Interests

I am the leader of Conservation and Development, a research network focused on conservation's impact. I am also coordinator of the ICOM-CC Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group, editor in chief of the Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (JCMS), and I run the UCL Conversations on Conservation of Cultural Heritage blog with students and colleagues from various institutions.

I have a special interest in the ethics, decision-making processes, and the socio-political impacts of conservation; the interface between the conservation of indigenous collections and contemporary art; public outreach; street art; and issues relating to vandalism.

I am also very interested in South American archaeology and the conservation of material originating from South American indigenous groups; investigative conservation; waxes and plant materials (with a focus on basketry and bark cloth); modern replacements for traditional art/craft materials; lithics; and fossils.
At the moment, I am working on the conservation of lithics and fossils from Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania) and starting a research project about contemporary productions of bark cloths in South America.

Research Directory Records


I have taught different subjects to students of different ages and backgrounds. As a follower of Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy, my main purpose as an educator is to help students think critically and creatively so as to enable them to fulfil their potentials and aspirations.

Educational background

  • BA Fine Arts, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, UFMG
  • MA Principles of Conservation, UCL
  • MSc Conservation for Archaeology and Museums, UCL
  • PhD Museum Studies, UCL

Second Supervisor

  • Brian Shottenkirk Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome. The Individual and Material Transformation in Conflict: The Great War (1914-18) (principal supervisor Tim Schadla-Hall)
  • Kirsten Halliday Imagery by default or design?: Artisan and State in Chimu and Chimu-Inka cloth and clay (joint second supervisor with Colin Peters (BM), principal supervisor Bill Sillar)

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